BB820: Risk assesment of chemicals
Students taking the course are expected to:
Have obtained a bachelor's degree in natural- or technical science and basic knowledge about ecotoxicological/toxicological definitions like dose-response and lethal concentrations. It is expected that the student is familiar with the potential harmful effects of chemicals on animals and humans.
The course builds on the knowledge acquired in the achievement of a bachelor degree in natural-or technical science.
In relation to the competence profile of the degree it is the explicit focus of the course to:
- Give the competence to analyse and work with complex assignments and to work toward solutions as part of a team
- Give skills to discover and utilise relevant knowledge in risk assessment of chemicals
- Give knowledge and understanding of the scientific basis for risk assessment of chemicals
Expected learning outcome
- Describe toxicological and ecotoxicological concepts used in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals
- be able to use the standard procedures used in hazard and risk assessment of chemicals
- Demonstrate knowledge of the demands for data necessary for carrying out a risk assessment
- know the test systems used to demonstrate toxicity
- Use the methods used in extrapolation from test systems to human and environmental adverse effects
- Characterize the uncertainties associated with risk assessment of chemicals
- be able to find and use relevant information about the toxicological and ecotoxicological adverse effects of chemicals
- be able to perform risk assessment of specific, selected chemicals based on that knowledge.
- Principles of hazard and risk assessment of chemicals; basic principles in toxicology and ecotoxicology; data demands in human and environmental risk assessment; test systems; uncertainties in risk assessment; principles for regulation of use of chemicals; risk perception; principles for evaluation of pesticides; ecotoxicological effects in the aquatic and terrestrial environment and in sediments; calculation of PNEC values; models; uncertainty factors; QSAR; estimation of PEC values; how to find relevant data needed in risk assessment; chemicals policy in the EU.
- Group work: the participants perform an environmental risk assessment on the basis of real data; a report is worked out.
- The participants work with two risk assessments for chemicals finalized in the EU; these risk assessments are presented to the other participants in a seminar.
- The participants search literature about the toxicological properties of a specific chemical; a report on this is worked out.
Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)
The prerequisite examination is a prerequisite for participation in exam element a).
Exam element a)
|Type||Prerequisite name||Prerequisite course|
|Examination part||Prerequisites for participating in the exam a)||N110010101, BB820: Risk assesment of chemicals|
Indicative number of lessons
Activities during the stydyphase; It is expected that 75 h are used to finalize the tasks which have been initiated in the fixed tutorials.
|08 - 09|
|09 - 10|
|10 - 11|
|11 - 12|
|12 - 13|
|13 - 14|
|14 - 15|
|15 - 16|